We stayed here for a week in march 2011, my wife and i. The property is in a great location in a country housing development of several hundred properties on the marloth estate. the drive from joburg is very easy, about 4-5 hours in a hire car, Budget were the cheapest.and teh roads are very good and mostly almost empty.
The house is nicely fitted out, nothing fancy but clean and useable, although a new oven would probably not go amiss as i think the thermosat has had it and it got very very hot even on a low setting, however with the braii pit and local eateries we only used it once.
There is a restaurant in the local town which was okay, and a couple of shops etc for your normal supplies. there are several more eateries and bigger shops in the local towns of and which are both about 25 k from the house, so best to have a big shop on the way and then top up locally.
The property is just as you see it in the pictures, situated back from the river offering great views onto the hippo pool, the hippos are easy to spot when they come out of the river; usually its about 10am before they come for a graze and they stay out for several hours most days, often just one or two, or a mother and baby, so cute! The crocs pull out on the sandbacks in the middle of the river as well, and there are a pair of fish eagles on the far bank. We also saw water buck and impala on the far bank but no signs of cats or elephants, although i think that was just the week we stayed as others have seen them from the balcony.
we went into kruger three times for the day, its about 30 minutes to either of the south gates, and we saw loads of wildlife in the park; its worth getting up early and being there at first light when the gates open for the best viewing. Dont bother with any of the many safari operators offering trips, they just dump you at the gate and you go with the park rangers, whcih you can arrange yourself directly and much more cheaply. self driving in the park is a doddle and you will be suprised howmuch you see, its brilliant.
The adverts mention the local agent but we didnt see much of him, and he didnt think that the local park was really worth entering so we mostly travelled to Kruger for our expeditions, although when we drove ourselves around Marloth we saw plenty of wildlife without much effort.
The highlight of our time was just sitting on the balcony in the shade watching the world go by with a cold beer, just great and so relaxing, we wished we had taken two weeks as our second week in a luxury lodge elsewhere was overrated and overpriced!
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